Sparkrock Blog

How to Ensure Adoption of your New Employee Self-Serve Software

by   Dhebi Hay on 03.07.17

When we talk about adoption, unfortunately we don’t mean bringing home puppies from the shelter. What we mean is the process by which end users become comfortable with and accept new technology; a process that can have significant consequences on the success of an implementation. If employees of an organization find a new technology to be cumbersome or difficult to use, they’re likely to continue performing duties as best they know how, or by creating workarounds for themselves. This can cost an organization time, effort, and dollars.

Topics: Technology

3 New Dynamics NAV 2017 Features You'll Love

by   Andrew Cheung on 03.03.17

Microsoft is Sparkrock’s most valued partner because we build our products based on the Dynamics NAV foundation. As an important part of Microsoft’s business management offering for mid-sized organizations, NAV has more than 8 million users worldwide across 120,000 organizations and $11B in annual R&D budget.

Topics: News Release , Technology

Why I'm Excited for the "Transform the Sector - Building a Data-driven Social Sector" Conference

by   Stefanie Gause on 02.22.17

So many of the agencies I work with collect tons of data. If being a data-driven organization meant gathering lots of data and storing it in a database, nonprofit/social services agencies would be all-stars!

Topics: Technology

How to Secure Public Funding for IT Projects

by   Meghan Holmes on 02.20.17

When donating to nonprofit organizations, a lot of times people assume that the donations are going solely towards the people and communities the nonprofits serve. However, some people forget that in order for these organizations to accomplish their missions and help their communities, part of the funding they receive must be allocated to covering administrative costs and technology. 

Topics: Fundraising , Technology

Take a Sneak Peak at Sparkrock's Exciting New Product Packaging!

by   Andrew Cheung on 02.15.17

Sparkrock is excited to announce that we have changed the way we package our products.

Topics: News Release , Technology

The Moneyball Approach to Nonprofit Management

by   Mark Knill on 02.13.17

Nonprofits and government organizations play a vital role in the progression and success of individuals and their communities. Unfortunately, many nonprofits are feeling the pressures of underfunding and are being outshined by their corporate counterparts.

Topics: Outcomes-Impact , Technology

"Owning Your Pain" as a Nonprofit

by   Anurag Dhawan on 01.30.17

According to the findings of a study in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in 2012, only 1% of more than 200,000 non-profits established between 1975 and 2008 grew to $50 million or more in annual revenue. Considering that these organizations were aiming to address some of the biggest problems the world is facing, this number is a strikingly low one.

Topics: Technology

Sudbury Catholic DSB's Top 7 Favourite Features of their Sparkrock Solution

by   Meg Wilson on 01.19.17

Last week we braved the snowy winter roads and headed to Sudbury, Ontario to meet with several K12 school boards. The purpose of the event was to discuss the challenges that they're currently facing with their operational processes, what's currently getting in the way of solving these challenges, and how Sparkrock's solutions might be able to help.

Topics: Technology

How to Map Out Your Nonprofit Software Selection Journey

by   Cait Abernethy on 01.11.17

Researching and selecting a new software solution for your organization is no small feat.

Statistics show that accounting software is only replaced every seven to ten years – it’s not something that a Finance Director does frequently. Likely, a lot has changed since the last time your organization considered new solutions – new regulations, additional sources of funding, dramatic changes in technology and software delivery, and an explosion of new choices.

To help you through the process, we’ve identified five phases of Nonprofit software selection process or journey to help Finance Directors as they prepare and research.

Topics: Finance , Technology

Tips to Ensure a Successful Software Implementation

by   Cait Abernethy on 12.14.16

At the moment, many nonprofit and human service organizations are deciding to ditch their archaic ERP and CRM technology for more robust solutions that are not only integrated, but offer powerful functionality designed specifically for their industry. With an exceptionally easy user experience for both executives and staff, this new technology lightens the load of numerous operational teams so they can get more done in less time, creating an opportunity to have an even greater impact on the people and communities they serve.

Topics: Technology

Here's what you need to know about Microsoft Dynamics 365

by   Andrew Cheung on 12.12.16

Ever since Microsoft announced Dynamics 365 back in November, there has been a flurry of initial reactions, analysis, and rumors in the absence of concrete information about the product in the early stages of this rollout. With all this noise, it’s easy to understand why there is confusion among those in our industry. Well, fear no more. This post will give you a basic understanding of Dynamics 365 so that you can navigate through all the information out there.

Topics: Technology